I work in lace. I mean this literally, sculpturally, and abstractly, whether I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool to stitch pictorial lace, combine lace fabric with resin to create dimensional sculpture, or write layer upon layer of cursive text to create imagery with a lace-like effect. Lace represents individual threads intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of connection shaping endless possibilities of pattern. Lace also represents the intimate and delicate, as well as domestic and historic traditions in handcraft and I am interested in using lace to recontextualize notions of “women’s work.”
My work has always been grounded in dichotomy, of taking things do not seem to belong and searching for equilibrium. Whether that dichotomy is a function of historical craft versus contemporary methods, the written word versus visual form or the domestic versus the industrial, finding balance is essential. My interest in the exploration of consciousness and perception also often comes into play.
When Rachelle Gardner-Roe was five years old, if you had asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer would have been unequivocal. Artist. She would later earn a degree in the practical arts, specifically Interior Architecture, and as the need to make with her own two hands would not be quieted, she began her career as a woodworking and design apprentice. Inevitably drawn back to the fine arts, she works in mixed media with a focus in textiles. Her current body of work utilizes unique methods of working with lace to create both detailed thread drawings as well as dynamic sculpture.
Gardner-Roe’s work has been included in international exhibitions and she continues to exhibit nationally, as well as contribute to public projects. She has been awarded grants and residencies that created opportunities such as exploring installation in the urban environment, studying experimental processes at a national art center, and engaging in theoretical research and development of signature techniques. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Mulvane Art Museum, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Chautauqua Institution, among others. Gardner-Roe lives and works in the greater metropolitan area in Mission, KS.